Saturday 18 November 2017

FAI to probe racist abuse claim at league match reporters

The FAI is to investigate an allegation of racist abuse directed towards a player in a recent league game.

The allegation was received by Airtricity League after a referee’s and a match delegate’s report addressed the issue.

The Association will investigate the allegations and will be requesting the club in question to respond.

In a statement, the FAI’s Fran Gavin declared: “The FAI takes all instances of racist abuse very seriously and does not condone nor accept any racist behaviour or attitudes.”

“However, there is a complete process to go through when allegations of this nature are made.

‘‘We will look for comments from the club and individuals allegedly involved and will address the matter in a sensitive fashion.

“We’ve shown in the past that the league and the Association will act swiftly on these matters.

‘‘All our clubs have supported our Show Racism the Red Card campaign for several years now in conjunction with the PFAI.’’

And he concluded: “Racism is something we will not tolerate in our game and thankfully it hasn’t been a feature in our games. However, it is something we must always be mindful of.”

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